Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 15 September 2022
Public Accounts Committee
Business of Committee
Mr. Seamus McCarthy:
I certainly imagine that at an individual local authority level, each audit would follow up on recommendations from the previous audit and so on. That would be standard practice. If the response is that centrally it is not collated and tracked there may be an issue. Perhaps the National Oversight and Audit Commission, NOAC, might take a view. Particularly where we have more than 30 organisations effectively doing the same type of business if there is a recurrent recommendation for five, six or ten of them perhaps there is something systemic that would need follow-up. Perhaps a query to NOAC might provide something additional. At the end of the month, I will publish a chapter on central government funding of local authorities. It remains an issue. The oversight and assurance system in place for the committee will always be an issue for discussion.